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  1. AFKFest 2010 BugByte - The past, present and future of car computing

    by , 10-29-2010 at 02:03 PM

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    Tom Berry, AKA BugByte on the forums, talks to AFKFest about the past, present and future of car computing. As one of the first car pc enthusiasts in the world, Tom explains the early uses for car pcs and how car pcs have evolved over time.

    He presents his thoughts on the current mobile data phase and the impact the car pc may have on the world in the future. Lots of good stuff in one brief segment.

    Updated 10-29-2010 at 02:54 PM by optikalefx

    Technology Events
  2. The future of UI

    by , 10-27-2010 at 11:05 AM

    I can begin to imagine a world where we manipulate computers instead of interact with them. This idea of being able to navigate the computer world, and have the computer understand space is not new, but its not accomplished.

    If it really is possible to get this type of system in a laptop say, without gloves, (even with gloves is fine with me) then we could see the next serious change in computer-human interfaces.

    Imagine what it would be like to create a 3d model of say a car, and be able to sculpt the model as if it was real. Even have some kind of actual feedback so you still get the feeling. But then you ask, why is going so digital so important. Well, sure a clay model is great, but having the history, having the undo ability, having multiple collaborators around the world, all these are possible in a digital world.

    Updated 10-27-2010 at 02:29 PM by optikalefx

    mp3Car News
  3. MeeGo Auto App Concept Contest using Qt - Win a Free Beagle Board xM

    by , 10-20-2010 at 10:58 AM

    Enter Contest Here

    Product Info on the BeagleBoard-xM here.

    Time frame: 2 weeks (October 20th – November 3rd)

    Present an exciting auto app concept that utilizes the Beagle Board xM, MeeGo, & or Qt framework for bonus points.* The panel of judges from Nokia, Beagle Board creators and mp3Car will select the most innovative auto app concept as the winner.


    - a concept will be complete if it states what the app does, how it will do it, and how it leverages MeeGo and Qt.
    - Once the winner is selected, it is expected that the app be developed within 1-2 months.
    - please note that this can be an existing app with significant improvements and changes;
- the app does not need to be touch based, if you can integrate it with other car controls such as steering wheel or control knobs like what BMW uses;

    - bonus points to using QML, Nokia's new declarative UI language which is wrapped up into Qt Quick and is now in the recently released 4.7 release (Information found here on QT Quick, and a video is here

Alistair Adams - Nokia
Jason Kridner - Beagle Board

    Tom Berry (aka Bugbyte) - mp3Car Forums


The winner will:
    1.Receive a free Beagle Board
    2.Be featured on the mp3Car homepage showcasing the concept and Auto App Mart, once the app is developed and uploaded to Auto App Mart.

    For more information on the Beagle Board:

    Updated 10-25-2010 at 09:50 AM by Heather

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  4. MeeGo on a car pc - mp3Car forum member nasa at AFK Fest 2010

    by , 10-15-2010 at 11:34 AM

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    MeeGo for the car pc was just released a few weeks ago. The platform has an excellent boot time. Nasa is looking forward to the development of this open sources platform.
  5. Mp3Car High Brightness Monitor Comparison

    by , 10-11-2010 at 04:24 PM

    From left to right: Lilliput 669GL-70NP/C/T, Lilliput 669GL-70NP/C/T-HB-RV, Lilliput 669GL-70NP/C/T-5HB, Inelmatic XF700HB-USVA2.

    The two new Lilliput high brightness models are noticeably brighter in all lighting conditions than the standard Lilliput 669. Reflection on the standard Lilliput 669 is slightly higher. The new Lilliput models offer nice improvements over the standard Lilliput 669 for their respective prices. The Inelmatic monitor is noticeably brighter than all compared monitors in all lighting conditions. Contrast appears better and colors are noticeably more vivid with the Inelmatic. The Inelmatic also benefits from increased vibration, shock, and operating environment specs.

    In addition to brightness differences, The Lilliput 5HB model features a 5-wire resistive touch panel that assures more precise touch control. The HB-RV model uses the standard 4-wire resistive touch panel, but includes an exposed wire for auto-switching to a backup camera. The 5HB model has a slightly different touch panel design that doesn’t allow it to fit in our double din frame. The HB-RV model does fit in our double din frame and can be fabricated into any one of our direct fit dash kits.

    Comparison with iPhone